Zen practice

"Zen is not some kind of excitement, but concentration on our usual, everyday routine."

 

Shunryu Suzuki, 20th Century

Practice in the Zendo

 

Stepping into the Zendo  we have an opportunity to stop and take notice of our everyday habits of body, speech and mind.    

 

Soto Zen is often considered a 'formal practice' because we are both intentional and mindful in our actions and words together in the Zendo.

 

The forms we practice in the Zendo such as bowing, chanting together, enjoying noble silence, and moving in accord with the bells, offer a space for us to nourish our mindfulness of thoughts, speech and action.

 

Our basic practice is zazen meditation 'shikan-taza', which means 'just sitting'.  We sit upright and relaxed, facing the wall, breathing normally, with eyes open.  

If you're new to Soto Zen

 

Learning the forms in the Zendo can help ease the way.  Thursday class includes an introduction to these basic forms, so if possible,  please come to Thursday evening class before joining Sunday sitting and service.  

 

Prior to coming into the Zendo for the first time, please be sure you read these two documents: 1. manners in the zendo and 2. how to do zazen.  

 

On Sunday, we practice 'noble silence' in the Zendo.  There is an opportunity to ask questions about the pratice at the end of Sunday sitting and service. We value the open inquiry of "Beginner's Mind" and encourage you to share any questions you might have then. 

Resources

 

Mount Equity Zendo - Reverend Dai-En Bennage

Plum Village Website - Thich Nhat Hanh

Clare Sangha - Zen Community of Baltimore

Soto Zen Buddhist Association

Global Soto Zen

 

Reverend Dai-En Bennage of Mount Equity Zendo

Three Refuges - Mt. Equity Zendo
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Heart of Great Perfect Wisdom Sutra - Mt. Equity Zendo
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Sandokai - Mt. Equity Zendo
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Hokyo Zanmai - Mt. Equity Zendo
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Lineage - Mt. Equity Zendo
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Daihishin Dharani - Mt. Equity Zendo
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Enmei Jukku Kannon Gyo - Mt. Equity Zendo
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Jizo Sama Mantra - Mt. Equity Zendo
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